*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of KINDLE Ebook Snared Book 16 of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep

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Last year, I plunged into the tail-end of this series, Unraveled – see my review here. So when I saw Snared was available, I immediately requested the arc from Netgalley, keen for another slice of the feisty Gin Blanco…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl. My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive. A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

The overall tone and setting for this urban fantasy offering is darker than the breezy gung-go fun to be had at the Bullet Pointe western theme park where all the action took place in Unraveled. In this adventure, we start with the death of a young girl and the disappearance of another. As Gin watches the anguish of her sister, desperate to get her back, it takes her back to her own troubled past – and this is where Estep’s skill and experience kicks in. For those of us with the poor judgement to crash midway into this series, this provides us with valuable nuggets of information about Gin’s backstory – for those who have been following the series, this will doubtless provide further layers of characterisation.

While I’m sure there are nuances and allusions I am missing, at no point was I adrift, or struggling to work out what was happening to whom. I enjoy Gin’s gritty, rather violent take on Life as she is confronted with a range of unpleasant underworld characters. Her ice and stone magic give her some significant advantages in any kind of shootout or battle – but she isn’t invulnerable and when her own cockiness gets her into a very tricky situation, help comes from a completely unexpected quarter.

I really enjoyed the various plot turns snaking through this whodunit plot, where all is not as it seems, as well as savouring the extra information we learn about her traumatic childhood. Once more, an wholly enjoyable urban fantasy adventure full of action and twisty goodness.

While I obtained the arc of Snared from the publisher via NetGalley, this has in no way influenced my unbiased review.
8/10

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12 responses »

  1. Your review reminds me I really need to return to this series some day. i read the first 5 or so books and loved them, I bought two or three more books in the series, but never got around to reading it. It does sound like this series is still going well and it’s nice you were able to jump in at the tall end and still be able to follow the story. Estep always does do a nice amount of recaps in her books, so that probably helps too. I always thought Gin was a great main character to read about. Great review!

    • Thank you – glad you liked the review. I have thoroughly enjoyed these two book and found it no problem at all that I hadn’t read the previous books in the series.

    • Ah, but the joy of this one is that you don’t have to read all the other books to make sense of what is going on. I haven’t read ALL the previous books and have no intention of doing so:). Though it’s great fun and if I didn’t have such a towering TBR I probably would consider it.

      • Aaaahh, I love it when the author allows you to “plug into” a series whenever you choose to start. Stephen King does a masterful job of this in The Dark Tower series.

  2. I remember your last year’s review, and I really admire you for jumping into the series that far along! I think this must be some sort of a superpower you have. 😉

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